Step Aside Open Plan, it’s Broken Plan Homeowners Want!
As one of the more sought-after construction companies in Hampshire, NBC Construction get to see the kinds of trends in structure and decor that homeowners are following, and we have to admit that we’re definitely intrigued by the concept of “broken plan”. Not quite sure what that is? Then let us explain!
The rise of technology has seen new trends and behaviours emerge, one of the more notable being the idea of doing things alone, together; this often manifests as the desire to browse the internet or play games on a mobile device in the presence of a loved one – an attitude which meshes perfectly with both open and broken plan spaces, both of which focus on the social aspect of living.
As an one of the top construction companies in Hampshire, we know that open plan is popular for its social approach to living where residents can still feel connected to one another either when occupying different spaces and engaging in their own activities. Emphasis is placed on light and the feeling of space but this can be less practical for those with larger families with busier schedules, or simply those who value their privacy and the concept of “cosiness”. Of course, that doesn’t mean that open plan living should be discarded by them – it can instead evolve into the concept of broken plan living instead!
Broken plan is more about finding a balance between openness and privacy, flexibility and structure. Partitions exist, but rooms still feel light and airy like they do in open plan living, with different zones easily leading into one another.
Zones are created through the use of split level architecture, and decor (such as boundaries marked by wallpaper or flooring changes). Mezzanines are another popular solution for broken plan layouts to create extra space in a more private area without feeling fully closed off.
You can emulate broken plan style by removing doors and widening doorways – this “almost” merging of two rooms provides a clear dividing line but still creates a sense of continuity between the spaces. You can also install sliding pocket doors between certain rooms which will allow you to open up and close off different zones at will!
Low partition walls can add a much needed sense of structure, but still allow clear and easy communication and socialisation between “zones”. You can also gain more privacy with semi permanent dividers, such as screens and bookcases – the latter being both stylish and functional as they can offer you additional storage alongside partitioning spaces.